Posts Tagged ‘Romans’

The Connectedness of All Things

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

A beautiful vision for the world is the ancient Christian image of a Grand Human.

 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Romans 12:4)

Emanuel Swedenborg expanded on that idea, noting how all of heaven could be pictured that way. In Heaven, he held, “mutual love makes all angels into something like a single human being.”  (Secrets of Heaven 1013).  Beautiful.

That connectedness is so much what we struggle for in Christianity. It requires what Dorothy called a “gesture upward” to the poor and suffering.

And any struggle “for” will be accompanied by a struggle “with.”  That struggle “with” is born of our never ceasing endeavor to critique vs. serve.

I wonder more and more if we can only give energy to one or the other. Restated, we can either spend our life’s energy on “critique” or “service.” And obviously my “vote” is for “serve!”  (Movie fact … the critic in the hit movie Ratatouille was named “Ego.”  That should make us giggle.)

Find your “little Calcutta” as Mother Theresa put it, and serve there.  Find a “church”, however that may look for you, that supports that journey.  And a church that joins together in a community that hopefully – and paradoxically – helps you be more than just you.  That pulls you sacrificially outward into a broader universe of meaning.  Not by judging “worthiness.”  But by a candid acknowledgement that we all are pretty darn broken and we need one another and God.

The connectedness of all things.